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What Do You Do After A Root Canal?

Posted on April 19, 2022 in Root Canal by

Before sharing skills about what you can do after a root canal, let’s describe what a root canal is. First, did you know that Inside your tooth, there’s something beneath the enamel and dentin called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, which grow the root of your tooth during its development. A permanent tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it, depending on the state of your tooth and your own circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively pain-free and very effective. How would you know if a root canal is needed? A root canal is required for genetics and injury, a cracked tooth from a large cavity, or a filling issue. Patients usually need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations. 

Stages of a Root Canal Procedure
Stages of a Root Canal Procedure

After a root canal, you must take a rest, yes take a rest! That is, only If you want to see a better result. But don’t worry about it, because Akemi Dental Specialists are here for you, we are your endodontist and will send you home with all the instructions that you need for pain management. We love to help you with your pain, and of course, we will teach you how to care for your tooth while you’re waiting until your next appointment. You’ll have to return to your dentist for a final crown to restore the tooth entirely once your root canal is completed. It’s essential to make this appointment when your endodontist finishes work on your tooth.

What Can You Eat After A Root Canal?

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages, like efficient chewing, normal biting pressure and sensation, a natural appearance, and it protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain in any way. It Is essential to know what kind of food you can eat after root canal care. You will continue to be numb for a couple of hours in the mouth area where the treated tooth is. It is ideal not to eat until the numbness completely wears off. It is hard to eat when your mouth is numb, and chewing may cause you to bite your tongue or cheek inadvertently. Suppose you grind your cheek at that moment, in that case, you will not feel anything or feel like you’re munching gum. Chewing could cause soreness in the jaw on the side doing most of the chewing. Avoid carbonated and alcoholic beverages and hot and spicy foods. Following is a list of foods that you can safely eat. Remember that your tooth is so sensitive and you need soft food.

  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Fruit smoothies. 
  • Soft cereals
  • Yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Mangos
  • Milkshakes
  • Pears
  • Applesauce
  • Pudding
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Soup
  • Tuna Salad

Can You Drink Out Of A Straw After A Root Canal?

Don’t drink anything through a straw, as the sucking action could disturb the filling material in the treated tooth. Use a glass or cup and drink with caution. We recommend for 24-48 hours following your surgery, do not suck on a straw, drink from a bottle, rinse, spit, or smoke. 

Can You Go To Work After A Root Canal?

Most people can go right back to work, school, or other activities. You may want to wait until the moment you feel comfortable and better. All people are different; some people need to rest to feel better. If, after a root canal, you think you can go and work, we recommend you rest because you may not be able to work safely after the procedure. Most root canal procedures are done with a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and usually don’t cause much pain or discomfort. If you receive sedation medication or general anesthesia, you’ll want to get a ride home. 

Does A Root Canal Hurt?

If you present pain after your root canal, stay calm. Soon, the pain and discomfort will go away, but let me explain to you something important about the pain. There are several reasons that you may experience some pain. First, the nearby ligaments surrounding nerves and tissue may be swollen or inflamed, which can cause some discomfort and pain. The tooth nerve has been removed during root canal therapy, so it is expected that your tooth should soon feel completely pain-free. If you have some minor pain for a few days, don’t stress and don’t worry. You’ll be pain-free once the root canal site has healed and recovered from treatment. Root canal care requires us to clean out the root canal with sharp dental instruments. It’s possible to show a little minor damage and trauma from this process, which will take some time to heal appropriately.

In Conclusion

Now let’s all remember what we learned about what we can do after a root canal; for example, take a rest to let your body recover. It is best not to try to eat until the numbness completely wears off because you can have the possibility of biting your cheek and tongue, be careful at the moment. You want to drink using just the glass, never through a straw. Avoid carbonated and alcoholic beverages and hot and spicy food. Your tooth is sensitive, and you need soft food like eggs, bananas, and fruit.

Finally, you don’t have to be scared; come here with us, we are professional, and we love to work with you and give you a beautiful and painless smile. We are here with open arms waiting for you to decide. Let us care about your smile.